Before Oklahoma faced Baylor, Sooners’ coach Bob Stoops was adamant. He wasn’t going to sacrifice Oklahoma’s offensive scheme to try and replicate the success Kansas State – a team with just one conference win – had against the Bears, rushing for 258 yards in a narrow defeat.
Oklahoma still had success on the ground, running for 241 yards in a victory against Baylor.
As Stoops prepares for Bedlam, he isn’t nearly as confrontational about replicating another team – maybe that’s because Baylor’s offense is much more similar to the Sooners’ attack.
Last week, Baylor held Oklahoma State to just eight total yards on the ground while gashing the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12 Conference) for more than 300 yards. Most of it was on interior runs, which just happens to be running back Samaje Perine’s specialty.
“I take something from everybody sure, if it fits you,” Stoops said. “There are some things you look at. Some of it fits. Some of it doesn’t. It just depends.”
What Baylor does on offense and defense fits Oklahoma’s schemes much closer than Kansas State’s attack. Excluding the six sacks on defense, Baylor held Oklahoma State to 50 rushing yards.
Winning the line of scrimmage was one of the three factors Stoops pointed out as being essential to claiming a victory against Oklahoma State. Taking a few pointers from the Bears in order to win that battle will help.
“It’s always a key,” Stoops said of running the football. “When we’ve been playing at our best, the running game has been a big part of it. Hopefully, we can run the football, execute blocks and give ourselves a chance to run the ball.”